Deception…. Yair Ravid/October 20/2020 يائير رافيد- أبو داود: لخداع في المفاوضات اللبنانية الإسرائيلية
قراءة لضابط المخابرات الإسرائيلي المتقاعد والمتخصص بالشأن اللبناني، يائير رافيد المعروف بأبو داود ينصح من خلالها حكومة بلاده بعدم الثقة في الوعود والإلتزامات التي تعطى من قبل لبنان الفاقد لقراره والمحكوم من قبل حزب الله وعدم الوقوع في فخ التقية الذي يمارسه حزب الله ورعاته، وذلك في المفاوضات التي بدأت بين وفدي لبنان ودولة إسرائيل لترسيم الحدود البحرية بينهما
*I call on the Government of Israel and the negotiators of its behalf, not to be deceived by promises, nor written and signed agreements that will oblige Israel to take irreversible steps. And I certainly warn against making gestures towards the other party, in order to embellish clauses in the agreement. **** The people of Israel strive for peace. For the sake of the coveted peace, they are willing to pay expensive prices, sometimes even exorbitant, and sometimes even willing to pay for imaginary peace, and even though the basket of the other side dose not contain the coveted goods at all. Proper to mention the Oslo Accords, in order to better understand the value of agreements signed in our region, with those for whom the concept of peace, or agreements, is another tool in their toolbox, and that they use it to achieve their temporary goals. And that the fulfillment of obligations and the observance, are completely foreign to them. And what do I mean by that?
Of course, I mean the talks that began between the State of Israel and Lebanon, which were intended to demarcate and mark the maritime economic border between the two counties. And this is exactly where the problem lies. On the side facing Israel, is no state that is able to negotiate, sign agreements and stand behind them and ensure their existence. The delegation, which represents in talks the obscure entity called Lebanon, lacks binding powers, and even if it signs agreements, they will be completely worthless.
The president of Lebanon, who apparently has the highest authority in the country, does not gain the trust of any of his country’s citizens. The post of Prime Minister is not staffed, in the absence of agreement on a candidate for the position. The country’s real ruler, the terrorist organization Hezbollah, has given its consent to the talks, since its economic situation, like that of Lebanon, is in complete collapse. And that in the absence of other sources of income, Hassan Nasrallah is willing to hold talks even with the “little Satan”, the State of Israel. Since the only thing that interests the Lebanese side in these talks, is the desire to reach an agreement as soon as possible, which will allow them to bring in, foreign companies, which will produce gas quickly, and allow Hezbollah and its corrupt allies among the Lebanese leadership to continue to plunder the public funds.
None of the Lebanese population groaning under the ruins of the crumbling state, hungry for bread, will enjoy the fruits of natural resources that will be pumped as a result of the agreement. Hence, I call on the Government of Israel and the negotiators of its behalf, not to be deceived by promises, nor written and signed agreements that will oblige Israel to take irreversible steps. And I certainly warn against making gestures towards the other party, in order to embellish clauses in the agreement.
Negotiators on the Israeli side, must always remember the principle of hiding” “Takiya”, existing in the foundation of the Shiite faith, according to the belief of the believer, and even obliged, to hide from his adversary, his true intentions. The State of Israel, its leaders and citizens, must not delude themselves, as if these talks with Lebanon, are any continuation of the welcome agreements that have recently been signed with the Gulf stats,
Since there agreements have been signed with serious and powerful countries, run by cultural people, who are seeking the good of their people, And not with corrupt gangs and terrorist like Lebanon.
**The author, Yair Ravid, a former Israeli intelligence officer, commanded the establishment of ties between the State of Israel and the Christians in Lebanon in 1976, and served as the head of the Mossad’s operational station in Beirut. His book, “Window to the backyard, translated into English and can be downloaded on Amazon Kindle.